Guion storm 1929

March 31, 2010 Editor’s note: William E. “Bill” Wolford was just a small child when the tornado hit Guion. The following is an excerpt about the life and times of Wolford and was written by his daughter.William E. Wolford’s careers have been as varied as his interests. He has been in the army transport, laid linoleum, made monuments and opened several marble quarries. He has been an ice manufacturer, land developer and builder. He has also invented and patented several products.

Local museum wins major award

March 31, 2010 Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville received the Arkansas Museums Association’s 2009 Exhibit of the Year–Produced In-house Award for the museum’s “Living Off the Land … Season by Season” exhibit.The award was presented during last week’s AMA annual conference hosted by Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.During the conference, a full-slate of informative sessions were attended by members of the AMA who represented most of the state’s museums, both large and small, with the theme of “Back to Basics.”

Man is taken to jail after ramming bondsman’s car, crashing his own

March 30, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — A Bono man who rammed a bail bondsman’s car, then wrecked his own vehicle was arrested Sunday in Lawrence County and remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond, sheriff’s Capt. Jody Dotson said.A Jonesboro man was arrested in a separate incident Sunday when he fled by vehicle from officers, then told them after he was stopped that he was too drunk to perform field sobriety tests.

School of the Lady set

March 30, 2010 POWHATAN — The Historic Powhatan School of the Lady will be April 16-18 at Powhatan Historic State Park, intrepreter Krystin Watts said. The cost is $75.“This is a school for women interested in living history and re-enacting the mid-19th century,” Watts said. “In 2 1/2 days, instructors from historic sites throughout Arkansas will educate participants on all aspects of 19th century life that pertains to women, including etiquette, sewing techniques, cooking, history, music, personal hygiene and more.

Movie to be screened

March 30, 2010 Jubilee Family Church in Batesville will host a free drive-in movie at 7 p.m. Friday.“The Passion of the Christ” will be projected in high definition in the church’s indoor theater setting. From Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson comes a profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ. Featuring stunning cinematography and an inspired performance by Jim Caviezel, “The Passion of the Christ” is a triumphant and uncompromising filmmaking achievement, a news release states.

Fish, chicken dinner offered

March 30, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the community center.  “This is a buffet meal with drink and dessert included,” community member Mary Lou Clark said. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.

Albert Sidney Johnston, UDC

March 30, 2010 The Albert Sidney Johnston Chapter #135, United Daughters of the Confederacy, held its March meeting recently at the Batesville Country Club.President Mary Miller called the meeting to order, welcomed members and guest Charlotte Paliquin, and thanked Sue Richmond for the bouquet of daffodils. She led the Pledge to the Flag of the United States of American, the pledge to the Arkansas flag, the pledge to the Confederate flag, the pledge to the Christian flag, and the Ritual.Chaplin Madge Stephens of Melbourne offered the blessing on the Dutch treat luncheon.

Church to host Easter drama

March 30, 2010 First Church United Pentecostal will host an Easter drama, “The Christ: His Passion, Our Hope” at 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.The church is located at 240 White Drive in Batesville, across from the fairgrounds.For more information call (870) 793-4723 or visit

Jackson County man killed

March 30, 2010 TUCKERMAN — A 53-year-old Tuckerman man is dead after he was hit by a train Friday night.According to Jackson County Investigator David Platt, the sheriff’s office was called around 10:05 p.m. The Tuckerman police and fire department responded to the call also.Documents at the scene identified the man as 54-year-old Dewayne L. Bateman of Tuckerman.